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FitBloggin’ 2012 – Day One Report

Need I say more??? Yes? Well ok, then!

As I said yesterday, I am attending the FitBloggin’ 2012 Conference here in Baltimore with my pals Melting Mama and Eggface. Today, the festivities kicked off with a tour of the McCormick Spice facilities in Hunt Valley, MD and the above is the lunch they served us. Actually, I misspeak. That was PART of the lunch. I didn’t take everything they offered but everything they offered was healthful and yummy.


Well because they are promoting an effort for healthful eating they are calling Generation Fresh (Twitter handle: @Spices4Health, hashtag #GenFresh on Twitter). You see, they believe food can be healthy and flavorful without added sodium, fat and sugar. God bless ’em!

Here’s the menu of food they offered us:

During our tour we also go to see several food demonstrations and we got to see how flavor research is done. I took pictures of it all and you can see all the great pics on the Bariatric Foodie Facebook Page!
Once we were done at McCormick, I came back to the hotel and got my swag bag. OMG! I could not believe the stuff I scored! I’m…um…kinda poor so I get excited at swag bags. Lookit!
And that isn’t even ALL the swag, just what I could fit in the picture. Notice to the right…SHOES! All my single moms will probably relate to the fact that I don’t get new shoes often. I just learn to make them last so I can buy the kids pair after pair that they grow out of, mess up or otherwise render un-wearable. So to get some new workout shoes was a blessing. THANK YOU REEBOK!
But after the swag bag something REALLY exciting happened. I ran into a few people you guys might recognize:
In the green is the absolutely fabulous Michelle Vicari, aka “Eggface” and in the black is the notoriously fierce  Beth Sheldon-Badore aka “Melting Mama.” It was so comical when we saw each other. I started screaming and barreled toward them with arms spread open. It’s a wonder they didn’t run in the other direction! 
That was a moment for me. I think I’ve said before but I will say again that Eggface inspired me to cook and to start this blog. Meeting her is definitely a highlight! And Beth? Even though we’d met several times before it’s always great to see her again! 
Tomorrow I’ll be live blogging my session at the conference (this is how I got free registration!) called “the business of blogging.” Never has there been a session I needed to be in more, frankly!
Look for an update tomorrow with all I learned and some of the great people I am meeting.
Until then, FoodieS!

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  1. Chris

    Wow – sounds like an awesome start to the conference!! And SCORE on the swag bag – woo hoo!

    Enjoy and keep posting pictures, please!

  2. Molly

    It was really great meeting you yesterday! I love meeting new bloggers, especially BALTIMORE-based bloggers. Hope to see you today, and in the future at the Waverly food market!

  3. Heather P.

    Sounds like an awesome time so far! Congrats on the goodies!

  4. bbubblyb

    I enjoyed meeting and chatting with you too ๐Ÿ™‚ didn't remember your name so was cool to click on the link Karen had for you on her blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny how that happens sometimes. Since you're in Baltimore maybe at some point we'll get to meet again ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Shauna

    Hi Nikki! I meant to come up and introduce myself at FB as I was moved to tears by your words in the When You Have A Lot To Lose discussion. You were so articulate, moving, honest and just plain kickass. Really looking forward to reading more of your words here ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Skinny Emmie

    It was so great to meet you! I appreciated you sharing the story about your mom – I lost mine too. Thank you for opening yourself up.

  7. Chickie Sweet

    Enjoyed your post. I just ran across fitblogger. Sounds interesting. Would love to check it out one year.